PTSD from narcissistic partners is real. Living with a narcissistic person is like living in a war and continually having to watch your every step so as not to make that partner “blow up.”
They literally are like minefields. One wrong step and…BOOM!
Living on edge can cause your psychological foundation to crack. And for many people who have left their narcs, years after, they can still suffer from what the narc had done to them.
PTSD is a real experience that affects many people who have been hurt by their narcissistic partner.
In this article, I will explain what PTSD is, the symptoms of PTSD, and I will also offer some ways for you to heal from PTSD.
Note: I am not a psychologist but a survivor, and a FIGHTER, of narcissistic abuse. If you find any of these articles helpful and know someone who may need to hear this, feel free to share it with them.
What Is PTSD?
PTSD, as defined by WebMD, is:
Posttraumatic stress disorder(PTSD), once called shell shock or battle fatigue syndrome is a severe condition that can develop after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic or terrifying event in which serious physical harm occurred or was threatened. PTSD is a lasting consequence of traumatic ordeals that cause intense fear, helplessness, or horrors, such as a sexual or physical assault, the unexpected death of a loved one, an accident, war, or natural disaster.
For people who have left their narcissist, it is not uncommon for them to have nightmares, panic attacks, and have high levels of anxiety when they think about their ex-narc.
It also is not uncommon for many people to develop many other phobias because of being with their ex-narc, an example being agoraphobia.
Read more about Children and Narcissistic parents in this article: SIGNS OF DYSFUNCTIONAL PARENTS: THEY AFFECT THEIR KIDS.
Symptoms Of PTSD
The symptoms that someone may experience are:
- Exaggerated emotions
- Re-experiencing troubling past
- Panic Attacks
What Causes PTSD?
There are several things that can cause PTSD in people who have been in relationships with narcissists. Narcissists are very good at psychological warfare.
And this is why living with a narc can be like living through a war. Narcissists have a strong desire to control and to DESTROY anything that they deem unimportant to them.
A narcissist destroys our psyche by:
- Gaslighting us
- Blame shifting
- Having their flying monkeys watch us
- Project their wrongs on us
- Physically assault us
Read here about Blame Shifting. A Narc favorite pastime: BLAME SHIFTING IS WHAT NARC’S DO BEST
How Does One Heal From PTSD When Traumatized?
Healing, I know, can seem like it is not attainable.
But healing and recovery are possible.
PTSD in people in relationships with narcs doesn’t have to be a life long experience that consumes so much of your time.
As mentioned, I am not a therapist, but a survivor and fighter.
And therapy is easily one of the best ways that I learned how to heal. By talking and letting that pain OUT, instead of keeping it in, you will be able to unravel all the hurt and pain that you keep buried within.
Keeping that pain in, is like holding a ticking time bomb on you, never knowing when it will explode and destroy you.
If you have left your narc and still suffer from memories because of them, I highly recommend that you seek a therapist, as well as seek some life coaches.
Let the narc completely go by moving on with your life.
Stay strong. Be happy. And always become better.
No Shame In Therapy
Narcissistic people can do a wonder on someone’s mind and psychology.
In fact, I wrote an article called “10+ Mental Illnesses Caused By Staying With A Narcissists“.
The narcissists and their legion of fools can slowly drive you insane. And sometimes the best help you can ever receive is from a stranger.
When everyone around you is trying to convince you that YOU are the bad person, sometimes an objective view of you from someone you don’t know maybe what saves you from drowning in the sea of insanity the narc and their legion of fools try and drown you in.
Therapy can help heal in ways that reading blogs, listening to videos, and talking with other WARRIORS (we are not survivors, we are warriors) can ever do.
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Narcs have a legion of fools behind them to hurt you, I think it would be a good thing to build your own army of warriors and allies to help stand by your side.